Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai
A solitary cave, view of the Himalayas and no sound save the call of the mountains…the Rudra cave near Kedarnath offered all these for a princely Rs 3,000. There was one glitch though—there were no takers for the serene retreat after its launch in 2018, forcing the Uttarakhand administration to reduce its price to Rs 999. However, its fate changed drastically in May, when Modi spent a day meditating in the cave during the general elections. While the PM’s purported Midas touch has yet to show results for the economy, it has certainly boosted the popularity of the cave. There were 28 bookings in June, 10 in July and eight in August. With 19 dates for September and 10 for October already booked, nirvana seekers might soon have to contend with a long waitlist.
Epic Teenage Achievement
Travellers on British Airways can now enjoy a one-hour retelling of the Ramayana. And for that, they have the London-based teenage brothers, Ayur and Shreyas Pulle, to thank. It all began when Ayur’s predominantly Jewish school asked him to organise an Indian play, where he took on the role of Hanuman. That stoked his interest in the epic and inspired him to come up with a retelling of the fascinating story. Along with his brother, he created an hour-long audiobook, which has become a hit with British audiences. British Airways licensed it for in-flight entertainment till 2028 and The Times declared it as one of the “best audiobooks of 2017”. There are now Hindi and Telugu editions as well; and another Telugu version read by visually challenged students in Hyderabad is in the works.